- Giant Defy 3 Composite..Sizing??1 day 11 hours agoGood job you're trying
Good job you're trying both.
My inclination is to go smaller, particularly if you are short in the leg - you can always fit a longer stem. However, what you choose depends more on your how upright/stretched out you want it to feel.
- SRAM issue Red WiFLi 10-speed rear derailleur recall1 day 11 hours agoAs my Nan would have said,
As my Nan would have said, speak as you find.
My only acquaintance with SRAM was three full years of all-weather commuting on cheap X5. It worked faultlessly, never missed a gear and when I sold the bike it looked set for another long period of faithful service.
- Chris Froome says he'll prove cycling has drugs-free future by winning Tour de France again1 day 12 hours agoduc888 wrote:Err, is that theduc888 wrote:
Err, is that the same Andy Murray who is the worlds only living personality transplant donor.
Bear in mind that the award has been won twice by Damon Hill, in comparison with whom Andy Murray, dull as dishwater as he is, looks like a fiery maverick.
- Stolen Specialized Roubaix Elite - 20121 day 12 hours agoagreed locks are not
agreed locks are not unbreakable but if you can ensure that they can't get bolt cutters into them, then you have a better chance..
- Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 day 12 hours ago@jova54 - sound interesting
@jova54 - sound interesting points, especially the one about car parts.
I'm guessing that if the on-line retailer did ship the wrong parts it would give the B&M retailer the opportunity to demonstrate their superior knowledge, and their ability to sort out the problem at cost to the customer, which is only fair. If the shop is charging ex amount per hour, it's easy to include any diagnosis and admin in the amount of time for the total job, just like any other tradesman would do.
But, from personal experience, I know that LBS staff have also been known to get parts mixed up from time to time, especially "fish and chipper" bike shops with owners that fail to keep pace with technological developments. And I suspect that applies to many of the new breed of rider too, who may have inadvertently ordered the wrong parts themselves.
- Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1001 day 12 hours agoWow a whole 25 we shall see!
Wow a whole 25 we shall see!
- Specialized slammed over legal threat against Canadian bike shop using Roubaix name1 day 12 hours agoNo lawyer am I, but in the
No lawyer am I, but in the light of the 2003 Dastar judgement, precedent may well have been established that Specialized may not have a case in claiming ownership of something public domain - i.e. the name of the town of Roubaix - as a trademark.
- Pro Cycling Magazine1 day 12 hours agoAnd another
And another thing...........
dont get me started on a certain well known broadband/ tv/ phone supplier who puts our bill up every year and never gives us nothing in return when new customers get a personal visit from Richard Branson and who plies them with fine food and wine and superfast broadband and trips on his spaceship (probably)
In support of Comrade PeakPedals and others like him i am taking back what is ours and standing up for us loyal, but neglected, customers!
ps - i hope no-one from Future publishing reads these forums!
- Video: Highlights of some of 2013's most memorable cycle racing moments1 day 12 hours agoLovely, sadly not a whiff of
Lovely, sadly not a whiff of women's racing in it as far as I can tell....
- Giant Defy 3 Composite..Sizing??1 day 12 hours agoYes, you are bang in the
Yes, you are bang in the middle.
The only way to know for sure is to try both, but I suspect the small will be better due to your short(ish) legs.
Mrs MdL is 5'8" and just fits onto a Medium.
- Video: Highlights of some of 2013's most memorable cycle racing moments1 day 12 hours agoIn order I think:
- UCI men's
In order I think:
- UCI men's World Champs ITT in Florence won by Tony Martin, Wiggins 2nd, Cancellara 3rd.
- Peter Sagan winning the fifth stage of the Tour of Alberta.
- Moreno Moser winning the Strade Bianche.
- Fabian Cancellara winning Paris-Roubaix, beating Sep Vanmarcke.
- Cancellara again, winning the Tour of Flanders.
- Mark Cavendish Stage 1 (?), Giro d'Italia.
- Team Sky winning the TTT Stage 2, Giro d'Italia.
- Lots of riders at the Giro with Luca Paolini winning stage 3, Mark Cavendish again (no idea which stage) and an attack from Vincenzo Nibali on stage 20 and taking the race.
- Tour de France, mostly Froome. Stage winners included: Daniel Martin (Stage 9), Christophe Riblon (18), Quintana (20), Rui Costa (19), Orica-GreenEDGE in the TTT (Stage 4).
Then back to the UCI World Champs ITT and Cancellara, as the beginning. And then Rui Costa winning the Road World Champs.
That'll be a pair of socks then, unless people also add all the locations of each stage too as well as other riders coming in second or around the winners.
- Pro Cycling Magazine1 day 12 hours agoI've always felt slightly
I've always felt slightly aggrieved that when I first subscribed to one cycling mag that I never got the promised "gift" of a new jersey but didn't complain about it, I've since then paid for at least 5 more years at full whack. It is annoying that their business model is to constantly subsidise new business at the expense of regular/existing customers. If loyalty doesn't pay then it's a situation of their own making, if only I could make the time/effort then I'd do the same! The more who do, the more notice they might take!
- End of an Era1 day 12 hours agoWouldn't want to ride one but
Wouldn't want to ride one but still in use round here in Surrey.
Typical blinkered attitude from Royal Mail who would rather have unhealthy 'posties' travelling round in polluting diesel vans on stop-start short journeys than use a bit of common sense, and that was before they were privatised.
- Stolen Specialized Roubaix Elite - 20121 day 12 hours agoMotorcycle locks bearing the
Motorcycle locks bearing the sold secure label are particularly good. They aren't always the most expensive either. Ride magazine regularly does tests of them. Chains and locks made of tungsten alloy tend to be pretty tough. No lock is unbreakable, but some do require a good deal more effort than others.
- Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 day 13 hours agoPretty awful to read some of
Pretty awful to read some of these comments. I fail to see how a local bike shop can afford to run a business with this? Especially when you have staff, mechanics etc to employ. Also, a stockless bikeshop, as mooted by some here, is a terrible idea. What about test rides before you buy?
I'm happy to support my local bike shop, even if it means paying (often only very little) more. The service and help I've received for free far outweighs the money I might have saved.
Even going by the original poster's "Dozens of sales" at a quid each, its still likely to be barely enough to pay a single member of staff for a day.
- Updated: Boris Johnson backs down from claiming campaigners are putting people off cycling1 day 13 hours agoWould you say that you are
Would you say that you are more of a tiddlywinks sort of person than perhaps a chess sort of person?
All I outlined was that cyclists pursue their interests as an interest group, taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, making broad alliances with people that are pro cycling and seeking to limit the power or influence of those that oppose our agenda.
And your comment was that this was "wrong".
Well the road haulage industry and other successful lobby groups know how to play the game professionally. They'll work with anyone that benefits their interests and agenda and sideline or apply pressure to anyone that doesn't.
BTW I didn't just invent pressure group politics and lobbying I just said I thought we should try to do it a bit more.
- HOME INSURANCE?? Post Code Map; Are You On It? Hope your Not. It's Ludicrous.1 day 13 hours agoHave you tried the Financial
Have you tried the Financial Ombudsman? If there is a Red Zone there should be a reason and a justification.
- Specialized slammed over legal threat against Canadian bike shop using Roubaix name1 day 13 hours agogazpacho wrote:Thegazpacho wrote:
I'm definitely not treating myself to a new Specialized S-works Venge Di2 now... I wish.
You can mock but I bet there's going to be fewer Specialized tyres, tubes and small accessories being sold now. It may well have an impact on full bike sales too: my partner was just contemplating a Specialized road bike on Saturday and after this, the history of similar offenses and the use of body-painted girls in their Melbourne shop, I'll be amazed if the chosen bike is a Specialized.
- Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 day 13 hours agoSo.
You buy some parts from
You buy some parts from ABC Trading*, who claim that they are genuine bits and they will fit your bike, who send them to your LBS who have agreed to fit them at an agreed price.
Bits arrive and they are not what you wanted or they are faulty.
Someone now has to sort out the problem. The LBS aren't going to do it as they aren't making any money from the parts so why should they waste their time and anyway they didn't source the parts. So it's up to you. You have to go to the shop, inspect the parts, have a conversation with the mechanic/manager/work-experience assistant, contact the seller, argue about the problems, get the shop to speak to the seller, get the items returned, get some new ones and try to get the LBS to do it all a second time for the agreed bit of money to fit them.
Will you re-imburse your LBS for their wasted time? Probably not, and you wonder why they baulked at the idea in the first place.
This is a classic problem in the car servicing/repair business and why most garages won't let you supply the parts, oil etc. Not only do they not make any profit from the parts they're expected to deal with problems their fitting and subsequent use produce and to do it for free and with a smile.
Buy your 'over-priced' bits at the LBS and admit that perhaps just once in a while you'll have to pay full price for something.
* ABC Trading is a fictional name intended to protect the guilty and the innocent.
- helmet lights1 day 13 hours agooozaveared wrote:
Exposure isoozaveared wrote:
Exposure is pricey but it works brilliantly and is robust this is the third winter with the Strada and joystick since I save about £12 a day not driving it soon pays off.
Exposure lights - Because I'm worth it.
This. However the joystick is completely inappropriate for use as a helmet light in urban areas, it's far, far too bright to shine into other road users faces.
I've see a couple of riders using the joystick as a helmet light in town, completely disregarding safety of other road users.
On unlit lanes it's fantastic though.
- Updated: Boris Johnson backs down from claiming campaigners are putting people off cycling1 day 13 hours agoPolitically he's played a
Politically he's played a blinder here. Got his "real" message out and the backtrack will be perceived as "fear of offending sensitive cyclists" by a lot of people.
Excellent politician. As a person and a cyclist, not so much.
- Specialized slammed over legal threat against Canadian bike shop using Roubaix name1 day 13 hours agofarrell wrote:crazy-legsfarrell wrote:crazy-legs wrote:
I'd love to be a fly on the wall at Specialized HQ this morning.
Their Twitter and Facebook pages have remained silent this weekend, given that it's only just coming up to 5 in the morning in Morgan Hill I'd imagine we are 3/4 hours from a response from an exasperated Specialised worker who is in over their heads and having the worst Monday ever.
I bet their 'social media manager' has either phoned in sick or is having a shit-fit at some lawyers as we speak.
- Updated: Boris Johnson backs down from claiming campaigners are putting people off cycling1 day 13 hours agoI notice the BBC news site
I notice the BBC news site originally posted an article based on the pre-speech briefing, and they took rather longer than road.cc to update it, although they have done so now.
Of course, a lot more people will have been reading the "incorrect" version over on the BBC and in the "Most popular" bar it still says "Bike protesters 'scaring cyclists'".
- Updated: Boris Johnson backs down from claiming campaigners are putting people off cycling1 day 13 hours agozanf wrote:
His 8 year tenurezanf wrote:
His 8 year tenure will have put London back decades, cost millions (if not billions) in the follies he has pursued (vanity projects like the new 'routemasters', the now empty cable car, etc) and will leave London in a much worse shape than when he found it, all in the name of his political career.
So I say fuck him and all the shills who sails on his coat tails (Gilligan, et al).
And not 'cos he's a Conservative, more that he's a shifty self serving bastard who'll say anything to get people to shut up whilst he gets time to go ahead and does what he was going to do in the first place.
If the guy was a genuine cyclist he'd give more of a toss that people are dying needlessly on his watch as a result of his policies
- Stolen Specialized Roubaix Elite - 20121 day 14 hours agoSmuggers / All.. i had 2
Smuggers / All.. i had 2 bikes stolen on Friday, which makes 5 in 18 months.. I was definitely targeted, as just seen that they lifted my Kysrium Elite wheels, that were at the back of my garage and unless you had been watching me you would not know to look for them..
As a "victim" all i can say is get the best locks and anchor point. If they come with bolt cutters as they did for me, any normal locks or anchor points will get cut.
I am looking at getting 2 x Datatool Python locks and their ground anchor and also putting an alarm in my garage
And then riding my bike for another 18 months and then more than likely have to go through the process all over again..